Thursday, November 7, 2013
Jazz matchup is sweet music for Bulls
By Doug Padilla
DEERFIELD, Ill. – The winless Utah Jazz will swing into town Friday, a sight for sore eyes to a Chicago Bulls team unable to gain traction early in the season.
The Bulls have won just once in four tries this season, dropping all three of their road contests and recording their lone victory against the New York Knicks on a Derrick Rose floater in the closing seconds that registered high on the degree-of-difficulty scale.
Nobody on the Bulls would say this is exactly the opponent the team needs at the current juncture, but it’s obvious that when your defense is in disarray, it’s nice to get a matchup against a team that is second to last in the NBA in scoring, as the Jazz is with its 90.0 points per game.
Coach Tom Thibodeau is still playing it careful in an effort to make sure his reeling squad isn’t caught off guard.
“They’re big,” Thibodeau said of the Jazz. “They’ll be hungry. They’ve played well at times. They’re dangerous. We’re going to have to be ready for their size.”
Forward Luol Deng believes that the Bulls could be one solid game away from getting the season kick-started.
“When you start winning, it’s a habit and you start rolling,” Deng said. “I think when you start losing you want to put an end to it as soon as you can. We just have to focus on the game (Friday) and take it one at a time. Before you know it we will get our winning record back.”
While Thibodeau has already said that the winning ways need to start yesterday, Deng continues to take the marathon approach.
“Yeah, we haven’t played well defensively in these four games,” Deng said. “We’re a good defensive team, I believe that. It will come. Maybe 30 games from now and we still have 52 more and we’re still struggling, then we’ll start to worry a little bit. Honestly I want to be 4-0, but at the same time I want to be positive and you just have to know that it is a really long season. Things turn around really quick in this league.”